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The idea for The Orphan House came from researching her great-grandfather, Brice Bennett, who was headmaster of a county school for pauper children in Wargrave, Berkshire. The Orphan House and a further WW2 historical novel will be published by Bookouture in 2020.
Ann is married with three grown up sons and works as a lawyer. For more details please visit www.bambooheart.co.uk
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From award-winning author Ann Bennett comes a haunting and powerful novel of love and loss during World War 2 Malaya.
'A vivid account of a brutal period, and a searing exploration of trauma, memory and loss..' The Lady Magazine.
1938: Juliet and her sister Rose arrive in Penang to stay with an aunt, after the death of their father. Juliet quickly falls under the spell of Gavin Crosby, a plantation owner, who despite his wealth, charm and good looks is shunned by the local community. Rushed into marriage, Juliet is unprepared for the devastating secrets she uncovers on Gavin’s plantation, and the bad blood between Gavin and his brother…
But in 1941 the Japanese occupy Malaya and Singapore sweeping away that world and changing Juliet’s life forever.
For decades after the war which robbed her of everyone she loved, Juliet lives as a recluse back on the plantation. But in 1962 the sudden appearance of Mary, a young woman from an orphanage in Indonesia, forces Juliet to embark on a journey into the past, and to face up to the heart-breaking truths she’s buried for so long.
The Planter's Wife was previously published as Bamboo Island
Praise for The Planter's Wife..
‘This was a story of love, passion and cruelty I could not put down … I needed to discover Juliet's secrets.’ Lizeanne Lloyd - Lost in a Good Book
‘I raced through this book in just over twenty-four hours … I literally could not put it down. I connected and sympathised with Juliet as a character so much… and I was constantly on edge whilst reading it, desperate to find out more about her past.’ Bibliobeth – Goodreads.
‘I really loved this haunting, powerful and beautiful novel.’ Amazon Reviewer
Determined to settle old scores from the war years, Sirinya returns to her native Thailand, where once she risked everything to help prisoners of war on the Death Railway. But her journey into the past uncovers unexpected truths...
Thailand 1942: Sirinya and her family are members of the Thai underground, who risk their lives to resist the Japanese occupation and to and help prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway.
The events of those years have repercussions for decades to come. The book tells Sirinya's wartime story and how in the 1970s she returns to Kanchanaburi after a long absence abroad, to discover long buried secrets from the war years.
Family,loyalty, war, resistance, memories. Amazon Reviewer
Very much enjoyed this holiday read and found it hard to put down. Five Stars: Goodreads Reviewer
A very thought-provoking novel which is well worth reading. Five Stars: Goodreads Reviewer
'It was wonderful to read about such a brave and independent female lead character who I instantly sympathised with and felt connected to...' Goodreads reviewer.
'I loved rooting for Sirinya throughout the novel… the author has struck an excellent balance between the horror, challenges and moments of romance that her characters experience and I feel like I've learned not only about the terrible conditions of prisoner of war camps but about Southeast Asia as a region, something I was hoping for … and Ann Bennett delivered on every level.' Goodreads reviewer
(Previously published as Bamboo Road by Monsoon Books)
1934, Weirfield-on-Thames. Connie Burroughs loves living in the orphanage that her father runs. Exploring its nooks and crannies with her sister, hearing the pounding of a hundred pairs of feet on the wooden stairs, having a father who is doing so much good. But everything changes the day she sees him carrying a newborn baby that he says he found near the broken front gate. A baby she recognises…
Present day. Arriving at her father’s beloved cottage beside the river, Sarah Jennings is hoping for peace and quiet, to escape her difficult divorce. But when she finds her father unwell and hunched over boxes of files on the orphanage where he was abandoned as a child, she decides to investigate it herself.
The only person left alive who lived at Cedar Hall is Connie Burroughs, but Connie sits quietly in her nursing home for a reason. The sewing box under Connie’s bed hides secrets that will change Sarah’s life forever, uncovering a connection between them that has darker consequences than she could ever imagine.
A heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting tale inspired by the lives of the children who lived at the author’s great-grandfather’s orphanage. Fans of Before We Were Yours, The Orphan’s Tale and The Orphan Train will be hooked.
What readers are saying about The Orphan House:
‘Oh my goodness. What an amazing story of life, love, loss and finding yourself… Awe inspiring. I honestly am left reeling. This is my first book from this author, although it definitely will not be my last. Thank you for a journey that I will not soon forget.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘An amazing and spellbinding read. Exceptionally well done. I hated when it ended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wonderful storytelling! I have just finished reading this book and I’m bereft! I was able, for a few days, to lose myself completely in the story… I highly recommend this book to anyone.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘What an amazing read!!! I didn't expect this to be a rollercoaster of emotions, suspense, and mystery but it was everything!!... I recommend this book so much!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book gave me all the feelings at once… Keeps you hooked through the whole book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘If there were ever to be a perfect bookclub book, it would be The Orphan House… Beautifully portrayed characters, who were so vivid… Almost felt like watching it on the big screen, every place, person, and circumstance came to live and felt almost tangible… Will surely touch your soul.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘True to life and totally believable. The plot was intriguing, and the delivery was perfect.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was hooked only a few pages in to the story… I cannot say enough about this book and I hope you will love it too.
From award-winning author, Ann Bennett comes a captivating story of love and loss in World War 2.
Ninety-year old Grace has lived a long life, a life filled with memories of marriage to Jack… a man whose world had been torn apart by war. She receives a sketch of a beautiful Indian woman made by her husband. Who is she?
Twenty-seven years ago, her daughter, Louise, made a promise to Jack on his death-bed, a promise which took her to Burma where she became caught up in events with tragic consequences.
Today, Louise and her daughter, Eve, are retracing Louise’s steps to Myanmar, to search for the girl in Jack's sketch. But they are unprepared for the long-buried secrets their journey will unearth...
From award-winning author Ann Bennett comes a captivating World War II novel, a heart-wrenching story of love and survival - a soldier’s strength in the bleakest of times and a daughter’s journey of discovery about her father and herself.
Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. He must stay alive, although he is struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, and he must stay strong, although he is starving and exhausted. For Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to the grey streets of London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love.
London, 1986: Laura Ellis, a successful City lawyer, turns her back on her yuppie existence and travels to Southeast Asia. In Thailand and Malaysia she retraces her father’s past and discovers the truth he has refused to tell her. And in the place where her father once suffered and survived, she will finally find out how he got his Bamboo Heart.
A Daughter's Quest was previously published as Bamboo Heart, and continues to be published in South East Asia in paperback under that title.